The NIC will be conducting a new innovation prize, for ideas on how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles.

The UK is among world-leaders in developing connected and autonomous vehicles, with the first such cars already being tested. But as the technology improves and progresses, the country’s road network will need to adapt to ensure the country can make the most of this opportunity.

The new competition will be launched in the New Year, with entrants asked to consider issues such as road design, traffic management and how the rules of the road may need to be adapted to take account of this new technology.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel drawn from Government and industry, with the winners given funding to further develop their ideas, and having the chance to have their ideas tested.